Naming the Elephant Worldview as a Concept

ISBN-10: 083082779X
ISBN-13: 9780830827794
Edition: 2004
Authors: James W. Sire
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Description: What is a worldview?What lies behind your thoughts about almost everything?For more than thirty years, James W. Sire has grappled with this issue. In this book he offers readers his most mature thought on the concept of a worldview, addressing such  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 6/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 163
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

What is a worldview?What lies behind your thoughts about almost everything?For more than thirty years, James W. Sire has grappled with this issue. In this book he offers readers his most mature thought on the concept of a worldview, addressing such questions as- What is the history of the concept itself?- What is the first question you should ask in formulating a worldview?- How are worldviews formed existentially as well as intellectually?- Is a worldview primarily an intellectual system, a way of life or a story?- What are the public and private dimensions of a worldview?- What role can worldview thinking play in assessing your own worldview and those of others, especially in light of the pluralism in today's world?In his widely used textbook The Universe Next Door, first published in 1976, Sire offered a succinct definition of a worldview and catalogued in summary fashion seven basic worldview alternatives. Students, critics, new literature and continued reflection have led him to reexamine and refine his definition of a worldview. This companion volume to The Universe Next Door is the fruit of that effort.Here is an excellent resource for exploring more deeply how and why worldview thinking can aid you in navigating your pluralistic universe.

James W. Sire (PhD, University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy, theology, and short courses at many universities and seminaries. He continues to be a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and Europe. His InterVarsity Press books and Bible studies include The Universe Next Door (a worldviews textbook), Scripture Twisting, Discipleship of the Mind, Chris Chrisman Goes to College, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling, Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, Why Good Arguments Often Fail and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Camel, Kangaroo and Elephant
Worldview Definitions: From Dilthey to Naugle
First Things First: Being or Knowing
Flesh and Bones: Theoretical and Pretheoretical
Rational System, Way of Life and Master Story
Worldviews: Public and Private
Worldview: A Refined Definition
Intelligent People Who Clash by Day: Worldviews as a Tool for Analysis
Index

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